Mark 5:1-13 “And they came over unto the other side of the sea, into the country of the Gadarenes. 2 And when he was come out of the ship, immediately there met him out of the tombs a man with an unclean spirit, 3 Who had his dwelling among the tombs; and no man could bind him, no, not with chains: 4 Because that he had been often bound with fetters and chains, and the chains had been plucked asunder by him, and the fetters broken in pieces: neither could any man tame him. 5 And always, night and day, he was in the mountains, and in the tombs, crying, and cutting himself with stones. 6 But when he saw Jesus afar off, he ran and worshipped him, 7 And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not. 8 For he said unto him, Come out of the man, thou unclean spirit. 9 And he asked him, What is thy name? And he answered, saying, My name is Legion: for we are many. 10 And he besought him much that he would not send them away out of the country. 11 Now there was there nigh unto the mountains a great herd of swine feeding. 12 And all the devils besought him, saying, Send us into the swine, that we may enter into them. 13 And forthwith Jesus gave them leave. And the unclean spirits went out, and entered into the swine: and the herd ran violently down a steep place into the sea, (they were about two thousand;) and were choked in the sea.”
‘Don’t call me out my name’ is an old saying that means ‘Be respectful.’ Sticks and stones may break bones, but words scar the heart. We need to make sure the words that come out our mouths are meaningful and respectful.
When you were a kid, did other kids call you names? How did that make you feel? As an adult, how do you handle such things today? What can you do to change your actions and/or your response?
Regardless of faith, as people, we should respect each other and be kind to one another. It’s the golden rule, ‘Do to others as you would have done to you.’
There’s something about words. There are times when you have said something and then realized too late that it wasn’t good. It is important that your words are meaningful, intentional, and definite. The things you say will guide the things you do.
On top of the human race being respectful to one another regardless of color or gender, just be kind. People are so thin skinned now. How much more should Holy Ghost filled Christians, representatives of Jesus, be kind to one another. Words are powerful. Words not only dictate actions, healing or hurtful, there is serious power in your words. Words shape in the spirit.
Prov 23:7 “For as he thinketh in his heart, so is he…”
How do you guard your heart and mind against thoughts and feelings that are contrary to God’s Word? If you don’t, what will you do to start?
Back to the story, the demon possessed man said, ‘What have you to do with us?’ Jesus said nothing.
This man was always, night and day, crying and cutting himself. The dude had issues.
If you really want to do the work of God, you have to recognize there are people with issues. Maybe they aren’t cutting themselves with rocks, but people have issues. As you walk by, knowing who you are in Jesus, people recognize something going on. As a Holy Ghost filled believer, as you walk into the room, you affect the atmosphere.
When you spend time with Jesus, you are effective. Without that time with Jesus, you will not be effective.
If you are unsure, you don’t have the commitment to Jesus that you need to have. Recognize what you can have through your relationship and connection with Jesus.
Jesus walked with full confidence. You can have that as well, but it depends upon your reality with Jesus. This comes through receiving in prayer, Bible reading and fasting.
Phil 1:6 “Being confident of this very thing, that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform it until the day of Jesus Christ:”
This is for YOU! Know who you are, where you’re going in life, and don’t allow any devil to stop you. Know who you are at home. It’s not to be confident in yourself, but being confident in Jesus. You are supposed to be confident in your anointing and your call from Jesus. ‘I know who God has made me to be. I know where I came from and where I’m going. Whatever comes out of my mouth will be from God.’
Do you know who you are in Jesus? Are you confident in that knowledge? How has this changed your life, your thoughts and actions, and your interactions with other people around you?
There was a prophet, Samuel, who never missed. God never let one word fall from his mouth. Yet, you think he never had a bad day? He had a relationship with God at home, beyond whatever everybody else saw. Read his life story. God came through and honored His man.
There will be times that you will make mistakes, but God will have your back. Don’t go for the glory, go for spending time with Jesus. Seek Jesus in the dark and in the community.
No pity act, who cares about you’re not being worth it! Your past need not affect your present! If you dwell on this, you can’t change your world. It’s okay that you had a bad past, but look at what God has done and walk in authority and confidence in HIM!
The disciples went out and tried to cast out devils and had their hinder parts handed to them. The reason it didn’t work was that they didn’t have the prayer and fasting. Those disciples had confidence. It wouldn’t have bothered them if they didn’t have such confidence. Even before they had it all together, they walked with authority.
It is time to plant your feet on who you are as an Apostolic Christian. He is the lifter of your head!
How will your life be different if you walk in the confidence and authority and love that you have in Jesus?
Notice that before Jesus even opened His mouth, those devils were messing around. (Even people with issues have peaceful moments!) The truth is demons are uncomfortable in the presence of God. Issues are uncomfortable in the presence of God. As holiness and perfection and the presence of heaven drew near, demons got uncomfortable. These devils started tormenting again.
Sometimes in the midst of the worst chaos in your life, Jesus is getting closer to you. It’s crazy but good. Keep going through. Don’t stop. Let Him change you. Just because you’re having issues doesn’t mean God has forsaken you.
Sometimes the greatest chaos is issues crying for mercy. Those things can’t be a part of you anymore.
Will you keep drawing near to Jesus and push through the discomfort? Despite the chaos? Or will you withdraw?
Learn that even in the midst of chaos and stuff that shakes you, it’s only time to draw closer and closer to Jesus. When those things move out, Jesus moves in. He brings peace, healing, mentoring, and love.
As you start evicting misery, it gets mad. Issues and chaos are a sign that Jesus is drawing near. It’s the Lord pulling things out of your spirit. He will replace that with ministry and stuff that matters. Those things can’t take root with your issues in the way.
Jesus wasn’t asking for the demons’ name.
Luke 8:30-31 “And Jesus asked him, saying, What is thy name? And he said, Legion: because many devils were entered into him. 31 And they besought him that he would not command them to go out into the deep.”
Jesus wasn’t talking to the demons, He was talking to the man. The issues were so deep in the man and so controlling his life that he allowed the demons to speak for him.
When the Lord calls on you, stop letting the issues answer for you. No more, ‘yeah, but’ Don’t let your issues answer for you. Are you available to Jesus? You are called to be right where you are at every moment in your life. You are a witness. When you are at work, at church, at home, you are still called to be a witness. God orders us and steps us into whatever situation. He goes with us and transforms if we allow it.
It’s great when you’re walking in blessing, but when bad things happen, it’s a little harder to trust that God is still ordering your steps. There are situations that will call on you because God has ordered you to be there. You don’t need to jump into the issue, God is calling you to calm and heal and lift and light. You are called to be an example.
Do you trust that God is ordering your steps even when times are difficult? How does that knowledge change your reactions to your situations?
You have a purpose of God in your life. You are here for such a time as this. You are here to walk in purpose and anointing, not wallow in pity. You are called to be part of a great revival. Quit allowing your issues answer for you! Plant your feet and say, ‘I am a man/woman of God and I am going to fulfill my purpose no matter what my past and present look like. None of it will dictate my future!’
It’s time to walk in the purpose and calling of God. Stop trying to hold onto a persona that’s not you. Cling to what Jesus says you’re supposed to be.
Daniel 11:32 “…but the people that do know their God shall be strong, and do exploits.”
If you stop letting your issues answer for you, they will leave and testify for you!
Excerpted from a sermon preached by Pastor Joe Giunta.
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